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Best pump to fill city water tank (drill pump, electric pump, work around?) [R]8 months, 1 week agoSept. 10, 2018
Sept. 10, 2018
I haven't used that yet, but have had the same thought for when we run out of water while dry camping. Emergency type application just to get us through a day or so. We only have the city connection in our 5th wheel, which requires pressure. We plan to use a 5 gallon container to carry water from the city water) and a drill pump. Should work... Why not?
Anywhere still have bottled water? [R]8 months, 1 week agozoeconfetti posted submission on bullcity.
Sept. 10, 2018
Got off work and rushed to Costco but they were out of water already
Sept. 10, 2018
You can order these from Amazon tonight and have them Thursday and then fill with your own tap water. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000088O9Y/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Best water solution for car camping? [R]1 year, 8 months agocwcoleman posted submission on camping.
Sept. 18, 2017
I saw that this has been asked before but I wanted to ask it again to suit my situation. So my baby brother is on a travelling sports team and they are having a huge tournament the first week of November, since the local hotels rates are through the roof and completely booked I am car camping at a KOA nearby for the two-day event. If it were just me and one of my friends I would simply pick up one of MSR's dromedary bags and call it a day, however, my grandma has decided to accompany me lol.
I'm trying to make this as comfortable as possible for her and so far I'm rather proud of all the little comforts and neat gadgets I've found, however, the question of drinking water still remains an issue. She wants to bring bottled water, which, will work if necessary but I would prefer not to take up the space and generate all that trash.
My main problem is that I drive Jeep Renegade so space is a legitimate concern, while I've chosen things mostly designed with backpacking and thru-hiking in mind - Packtowls, S2S dishes, Biolite Campstove 2, ALPS Mountaineering folding table, ENO, etc. - it will be we two (grandma and myself) and 2 dogs (80-lb Lab and 8-lb Shih-Tzu). Both dogs can and will fit behind my seat - the Shih-Tzu in her Sherpa travel bag on the floorboard and the Lab buckled into the seat with his Click-it harness - which means the smaller backseat can be folded down to create more room.
Already we will have 2 overnight duffels, food (I failed to convince her to go the freeze-dried route lol), a 6-man Kelty tent, a camp cot, 2 folding camp chairs, a YETI Roadie cooler, a bag for the dogs, 2 sleeping bags (in stuff sacks), a folding table (about the size of the folding chair), misc gear (small lantern, headlamps, other stuff), and jackets/rain gear just in case. I've already gone through the list of things being brought to weed out unnecessary items and as I've said, I'm buying as much packable, compressible, foldable gear as possible to minimize space; most of the food/other gear will be consolidated into larger bags/totes/cubes to save on this. I've camped at this particular KOA before and the site I've chosen has a spigot.
Would the water be potable? I haven't read any information regarding it but my assumption is that it is essentially the same water that would come out of the hose at home and probably something you don't want to drink too much of. Boiling water for purification is no problem, my main concern is storing the water for dishwashing/drinking once I've purified it. On the other thread several people touted the Reliance Aqua-Tainer but it isn't very space-friendly. I've also mentioned MSR's dromedary bags but from what I've read they have a 'taste' and I doubt grandma would go for funky-tasting water. Is there a collapsible option similar to the Aqua-Tainer that people have experience using and swear by? Yes, I can go on google or amazon and read reviews but I would prefer recommendations if you have them!
*Note: I may just buy myself Yakima's Load Warrior cargo basket and skip all the stressing over space, in which case a container like the Aqua-Tainer should do nicely but I'd like to not spend an extra $250 if I don't need to.
Sept. 18, 2017
I use a collapsible water jug. If room is tight just pack it empty, then fill it on-site.
Hurricane Season [R]1 year, 8 months agodeath_to_topknots posted submission on Brooklyn.
Sept. 7, 2017
Anyone else watching the news and stocking up on water and flashlights in case of another Irene or Sandy? If not, here's an article in the Atlantic to keep you up at night: https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article/538200/
You can see NYC specific info and check if you're in an evacuation zone here: http://www1.nyc.gov/site/em/ready/coastal-storms-hurricanes.page
And if you're looking for something fun to watch, check out the NYC episode of Doomsday Preppers on YouTube for a lol, just please don't walk around with an overstuffed bugout bag all the time, especially not on the subway: https://youtu.be/v9k5h1_3nbA
Sept. 8, 2017
If only there were some kind of "container" that you could.... maybe... store water in? Check your bathroom, there might be a big one in the corner that holds 40 gallons or so. Or you could even buy something like this and fill it up?
I'm just spitballing here.
Btw, water in bigger buildings is gravity fed from storage tanks on the roof. Just... so you know :)
I'm going to the Boundary Waters next week and will be cooking for 4 people. Any recommendations on lightweight cooking stoves? Water filters? Pots/pans? Etc. I've been out of the scene for a bit and want to get the best stuff that's still affordable. [R]1 year, 11 months ago__helix__ posted submission on canoecamping.
May 23, 2017
June 21, 2017
I really like the sawyer water filter. Whatever you get, the best thing you can do is fill up a 'dirty water' container in the middle of the lake, and use that to refill your gravity filter. Over 5 gallons starts to get tricky to bring back into the canoe. We tend to pour the filtered water directly into a container rather than use a 'clean' bag. Pro tip - if you are boiling water for cooking, you don't need to filter it. Just use that big jug of fairly clean water you pulled from a good distance from shore.
As a pot, a 9 cup coffee peculator works really well for just boiling water. Bonus as it also acts as a peculator - heat water in another pot, then poor over the filter/grinds rather than wait for a full boil to peculate. I'll usually pack a 600ml pot that heats smaller amounts of water and doubles as my coffee cup. Nice to have a single walled cup you can set on the fire grate.
For the morning oatmeal, I just pack in a paper bowl. Easy cleanup in the fire.
Depending on how many days, a canister style stove is hard to beat for groups of four. Longer trips, or trips with more people, a white gas stove starts to work out better. There is an entire cult around building beer can stoves, but they tend to be a bit slow for 4 hungry people.
We tend to do a fair bit of freeze dried foods when we go. A long handled spoon - either from a DQ malt or something fancy titanium works nicely for eating directly out of the bag. No real cleanup.
I'm packing in an $0.88 pizza pan as an aluminum surface to cook fish if it is over the fire, an aluminum foil pouch for in the fire. Semi-disposable Tupperware works nicely to keep crackers from getting crushed in a pack.
Going in this weekend as well. Will be in the bars in Ely the Friday night before. Possibly see you in that corner of the world!
Campsite availability/security, plus winds on the lakes [R]1 year, 11 months agojhulbe posted submission on BWCA.
June 8, 2017
We're headed up on Sunday for a full week and will enter via Snowbank before continuing through to Disappointment, Jordan, and Ima. We'll have a group of 4, which includes myself, my wife, my 9 year old son, and my brother. My brother has been to the BWCA when he was a teen 20+ years ago, but the rest of us have never been. Really looking forward to it and have been planning since January.
Anyway, I'm curious about the campsites. I know they're first come, first serve, but I was wondering how often we should expect the campsites to be taken. There are a couple that are highly rated on paddleplanner that I'd love to check out, especially ones with northern exposure in case we get lucky with the northern lights. If we see someone at a particularly attractive site is it impolite to ask them what their travel plans are, just to see if it's worth looping back? I don't want to be rude or intrusive, so I'm fine moving along and finding somewhere else as well.
Additionally, my wife is really interested in doing some hiking while we're there and we're going to try getting a site near one of the hiking trails. If we do the base camp method and leave a bunch of our stuff during the day (hammocks, hung food, canoes, giant piles of money) is it going to be safe? We're all pretty experienced campers, but haven't been somewhere this remote, and I'd hate to do something stupid that's easily preventable.
It looks like there might be some storms our first day up. I know Snowbank can get sketchy with bad weather, but I'm curious what sort of weather that would include. In other words, what sort of winds would be dangerous for relatively inexperienced paddlers? I'll have a NOAA radio with.
Finally, is boiling the water enough or should we also filter or chemically treat it? I'll be filtering our drinking water, but was just curious for when we're cooking up dinner.
June 8, 2017
I've rarely had people stop in at my campsite, we usually hang a clothes line out front so they know the site is taken.
We've swung by on our boats if we saw people at a site we wanted and asked when they planned on leaving.
For water, i usually go with big groups. Boiling would be a paint.
We bring two of these: https://www.amazon.com/Coleman-5-Gallon-Collapsible-Water-Carrier/dp/B000088O9Y/
picked up a hose to filter it through: https://www.amazon.com/Sawyer-Products-SP128-Filtration-System/dp/B00FA2RLX2
Then I just take the dirty 5 gallon bucket down to the water, fill it up, and then hang it from a tree and drain it into a clean water tote. The clean tote is used for filling nalgenes and such. Then if you just need a little water to brush your teeth grab it from the dirty bucket hose.
I dug through some photos and found a picture of my setup in the background.
as for the wind... Paddle slow, tie your gear into your canoe. We use Gear Ties by nite ize to secure most things.
I've paddled in some sketchy stuff.
Evicted without notice; need some advice [R]3 years, 11 months agobooniez38 posted submission on homeless.
June 18, 2015
I'll be living out of my van in SoCal for a few weeks. I'm fortunate enough to have a vehicle and (temp) job, so I'll just be saving my money until I can move to San Luis (my agency said they can get me a full time job there at a bakery!).
Anyway it's hot as hell and I've never done this before. Also my van has expired tags (I'm broke and they'll be the first thing to get done on the agenda) so I do not want any police attention. I was thinking about just asking people if they'd be okay with me parking my van on their street overnight.
Also wondering what I can eat to stay healthy? Not a fan of fast food. I have a small Coleman camp stove and one of those big camping coolers, so just curious what my options are. What do I do to clean dishes like pots and pans?
I had an idea for using a detergent bottle as a makeshift shower; just punch some holes in the lid and fill it with water, like a watering can you'd use in your garden. You can also keep a sponge in there for sponge baths. I could probably get away with using park bathrooms for this.
Wal-Mart Bottled Water Comes From Sacramento Municipal Supply [R]4 years agofatalexe posted submission on news.
May 11, 2015